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All the local media might be centered around Hellgate’s fifth back-to-back title, but the Spartan girls’ swim team should not be overlooked. The girls’ swim team came home with a third place finish Feb. 10, after a successful AA State Swim Meet in Great Falls. The boys finished tenth at the tournament.
“The Sentinel girls were amazing, with a strong finish and definitive third place finish over Glacier and CMR,” head coach Helen Houlihan said. “I was incredibly proud of all the Sentinel swimmers. They exceeded all expectations and represented their school with class and outstanding sportsmanship.”
Individually, Freshman Delaney Carlson took second in the 200 medley relay, third in the 100 breast, fourth in the 400 free relay and fifth in the 100 free.
Junior Brooklyn Leiby finished fourth in the 100 butterfly and swam on all three top relays—the 200 medley, 200 free, and 400 free.
Junior Audrey Fero finished 10th in the 200 IM and 7th in the 100 breaststroke. Her sister, freshman Sofia Fero took second in the 200 medley relay, swimming the backstroke leg.
Junior Caroline McCormick was the leader for Sentinel in the distance events, finishing sixth in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free, plus relay legs in both the 200 free and 400 free.
Senior Andrea Portch had a big leg in the 200 free relay. Junior Keidon Reynolds was also a big contributor in the 200 medley relay.
“Junior Eli Boylan swam an outstanding 500 free, dropping amazing amount of time and displaying the heart and soul of a true athlete,” Houlihan said.
Houlihan also noted personal bests from Senior Avery Haslam (100 free), Junior Lamar Rhodes (100 fly), Junior Tim Deggelmann (200 free), Freshman Grayson Flanagan (100 free) and Sophomore Thayer Nielson (100 free).
“I love the heart and soul this team displays when they swim,” Houlihan said. “They aren’t the tallest swimmers, or the strongest swimmers, but they never give up and their finish this weekend was a direct result of their determination.”
With only a few seniors graduating, Houlihan expects the team to come back just as strong next winter.
“In the beginning of the season we wanted to finish in the top three, and the girls got the job done. I think the boys finally realized their strengths and next year they will be ready to roll too,” Houlihan said.